I was told that when you undertake a project such as rebuilding an RV there are bound to be lots of surprises - and they are usually the ones you'd rather not have. Except I was told this after I found out about the surprises.
When Jerud and I started this project I was using the word renovate and not rebuild. Yes, we knew we would have to rebuild part of the bedroom due to water damage, but most of the work was renovating.
Google dictionary: Renovate - restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair. Rebuild - build (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed.
Turns out our surprise is that we are going to be doing a lot more of rebuilding than renovating.
I won't go right into why we are going to do more rebuilding than planned. Backtrack...First, we take out the current fridge that is in the RV. We will be replacing it with a non-propane fridge that will be a lot more energy efficient and hopefully has more space for food.
The next day we finally got electricity at the storage unit and started with removing the RV siding.
Onto the back of the RV we move to work...
Finding the water damage at the back of the RV was kind of a punch in the stomach. This meant more work, more time in this expensive storage unit, and more money in general. We are both disappointed (me more than Jerud) that we purchased this RV. But it's the first RV we've purchased and we thought we had looked into everything we should to make sure this was a decent buy. It was also pretty decently priced. Since we're newbies at this we just have to accept that shit is going to happen.
In order to continue with removing the siding from the entire RV, items like the entrance door, storage doors, lights and awning all have to come off the trailer. Now Jerud and I have had many discussions about the awning ever since our friends, Mary and Barbara who also own an RV and are currently living in it full time, told us stories of their awning ripping off the RV because of high winds. And this is a common thing. Jerud and I agree that having an awning would be nice, but we also are worried that something similar to what happened to Mary and Barbara would happen to us. And, the awning weighs a lot and we are trying to shave weight off where we can to ensure that we won't go over the weight limit once we pack our lives into the RV. When we got to taking the awning off Jerud realized that the awning fabric was actually disintegrating. So it was a quick back and forth between the two of us and decided that it was time to cut the f**ker off! (It made removing the heavy awning a lot easier.)
We figured we could rig up some cool tarp in place of the awning. Below are pictures of what happens next.
Totally off topic, Tyki, the dog we are fostering, has warmed up to us a lot and come out of his shell. He's turned into this very affectionate and loving pup. Who knew he would love to cuddle!